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Austrian motorcycle manufacturer and purveyor of some of the most hooligan bikes on the planet, KTM, unveiled the new for 2017 KTM 390 Duke and 125, as well as the 790 Duke prototype. Also shown at EICMA, Italy, was the revamped KTM 1290 Super Duke R.

The 390 Duke and 125 will come with a new bolt-on sub-frame in the new year, fitted with a larger steel tank. As shown in the video, a new bisected LED headlight is front and center, with a TFT LCD display in the cockpit, and WP open-cartridge forks.

For the 790 Duke prototype, a 790 cc parallel-twin engine is used, with custom-welded steel pipes. On display for the 790 Duke was a machined aluminium sub-frame, ride-by-wire and a complete electronics suite.

This includes rider assistance modes, integrated connectivity – dubbed “KTM My Ride” – and customisable traction control. Design house Kiska is responsible for the looks of the 790 Duke, and 3D printing was used for the exhaust and upper triple clamp.

At the top-of-the-range is the 1290 Super Duke R, and the beast enters 2017 with a wider, lower handlebar, and Brembo Monobloc brake coupled with Bosch cornering ABS. Also part of the package is top-flight WP suspension, optional two-way quickshifter, multi-function TFT display and LED headlight.